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Urdu Bulletin: Clash at Singhu border, President Kovind’s address on budget session covered prominently

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New Delhi [India], January 30 (ANI): Various Urdu Publication on Saturday’s edition continued to highlight the farmers’ protest against the newly enacted farm laws across the national capital border. The farmers have been agitating for over two months and they had given a call for a tractor rally on Republic Day.
The publications highlight the clash between the farmers who were protesting at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border) and those who were opposing their protest. They also report stone-pelting and vandalisation of farmers’ tents. The news of political activist Yogendra Yadav receiving hundreds of threat calls has been given importance on page one.
Friday’s President’s address at Parliament on the first day of the budget session was taken up by the publications.
Inquilab: The newspaper leads with farmers agitation at Gazipur border, stating that after watching emotional statement of farmers leader and the face of their movement Rakesh Tikait, a large number of farmers from western Uttar Pradesh gathered here with double energy. The publication also stated that the clash between the farmers and those opposing their protest at the Singhu border in which stone-pelting incidents and vandalism of tents were also reported. The news of Yogendra Yadav receiving hundreds of threat calls daily was also reported.
The newspaper also gives its prominent space to the news that police booked six people including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai under the sedition charges.
Hindustan Express: The newspaper leads with President Ram Nath Kovind address at Parliament in which he hailed the farm laws and said that these legislations will ensure rights and facilities to the farmers. And also condemned the Republic Day violence at the Red fort during the tractor rally.
The publication mentioned the news of farmers’ issues and stated that opposition parties are united in support of them. It also covered the news of ‘minor blast at the Israeli embassy in Delhi’. The Parliament budge session and the news of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold talks with farmers as soon as possible were also highlighted prominently. (ANI)

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Jatiya Parishad, Raijor Dal to decide who forms next government in Assam says Rasel Hussain

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Guwahati (Assam) [India] March 7 (ANI): Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Raijor Dal said that this time it along with alliance partner Assam Jatiya Parishad will decide on who will form the new government in the state.
Raijor Dal has teamed up with the Assam Jatiya Parishad to fight the upcoming Assam assembly polls together.
“BJP is going to lose the election along with alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). People of Assam want to get rid of them. The BJP government lied about CAA, NRC, and the public has decided to remove them from power. I assure you that,” Rasel Hussain, Vice President, Raijor Dal said on Saturday.
On Friday the Raijor Dal announced that its president, jailed activist Akhil Gogoi will contest the upcoming elections from Sibsagar constituency in Upper Assam. The party also announced the list of 17 candidates it is fielding for the first two phases of the three-phase elections in the state which begins on March 27.
He further said, “This time the regional alliance of Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal will decide who will form government in the state after this election.
“Akhil Gogoi is the only person in the northeast since independence who will contest election from jail. Sonowal government had accused Gogoi of false cases and kept him in jail for the past 15 months,” he claimed.
Hussain said that their only target is to defeat BJP, “We are not contesting against Mahagathbandhan and that’s why we are only contesting on 17 seats in the first two phases,” he added.
Gogoi, a peasant leader has been in jail since December 2019 in connection with a National Investigation Agency (NIA) case for his role in the anti-CAA protests in Assam. He was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Raijor Dal was launched as a political outfit in October last year in Guwahati.
In the first phase, Raijor Dal will contest in 12 out of the 47 seats where the first phase election is scheduled for March 27. In the second phase elections on April 1, it has named candidates for six out of 39 seats. Assam will go to the polls in three phases beginning March 27.
The BJP had scripted history in Assam in the last assembly polls and won an absolute majority with its allies, defeating Congress which had been in power in the state for 15 years. It had bagged 60 seats, AGP 14, and BPF 12 seats in the last assembly polls. (ANI)

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Assam Assembly polls: Congress releases list of 40 candidates

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], March 7 (ANI): The Congress on Saturday released its first list of 40 candidates for the upcoming three-phase election for the 126-member Assam Assembly.
Polls to the 15th Legislative Assembly polls in the state will begin on March 27 as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India with counting slated to be held on May 2.
Leader of Opposition Debabtata Saikia will contest from Nazira, his traditional bastion and former minister Rakibul Hussain will contest from Samuguri.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora will contest for Gohpur seat and former minister Bismita Gogoi will fight from Khumtai seat.
Angkita, the daughter of former Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta, has won party ticket for Amguri seat.

The Congress led grand alliance or ‘Mahajath’ comprises the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI (M), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation or CPI(ML), and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM).
The Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) has also broken away from the BJP-led alliance to join the ‘Mahajath’.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Friday released the first list of 70 candidates for the elections. In the last assembly election in 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in Assam ending Congress’ 15-year rule led by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
The term of the 14th legislative assembly of Assam is up to 31 May 2021. The Assembly elections for 126 seats will be held in three phases starting from March 27.
The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls.
The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1.
A total of 41 constituencies in 12 districts will go to polls on April 6. (ANI)

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COVID-19 vaccination centre set up in Parliament complex for eligible MPs

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By Amit Kumar
New Delhi[India], March 7 (ANI): With the second leg of the budget session of Parliament set to begin on March 8 with all Covid-19 protocols in place, a vaccination centre for MPs has been set up inside the parliament complex.
“For the welfare of Members of Parliament, a COVID-19 vaccination centre has been set up at the Parliament House Medical Centre from Tuesday, March 9,” a Lok Sabha bulletin said.
It said that vaccination is voluntary.
The vaccine will be administered on all working days by trained health care workers.
Family members of the MPs too will get vaccines.
“Two vaccination centres have also been set up for the family members of MPs, one at CGHS Dispensary North Avenue and the other at CGHS Dispensary South Avenue. Members can undertake vaccination in their respective constituency also,” the bulletin said.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm.
In accordance with the prioritization guidelines by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGAVAC), Members of Parliament above 60 years of age are eligible to get vaccinated in the current phase of the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Persons aged above 45 years, who have comorbidities, are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to parliamentary data, 36 per cent of Lok Sabha MPs and 62 per cent of Rajya Sabha MPs are above 60 years of age.
Several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah took their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
To avail of vaccination, online registration is required. However, for the convenience of Members of Parliament, a data entry operator will be available for spot online registration at the registration counter of the medical centre.
Government sources told ANI that the scheduled time of vaccination is from 10 am to 5 pm on working days but pre-online registration or registration by data operator at the vaccination centre is required. (ANI)

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Deceased was attacked by 3 other jail inmates, Tihar officials inform Delhi HC in custodial death case

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Tihar Jail authorities on Friday told the Delhi High Court that a deceased prisoner under trial at the facility was attacked by three others under trial prisoners (UTP) in November last year by an improvised sharp object.
In the status report filed in court, the Tihar Jail briefly informed the court that on November 30, a lockout was done in the morning. The Jail staff on duty heard a noise from Ward No 9. Immediately the on-duty staff rushed to the spot and saw that deceased UTP (Under Trial Prisoner) Dilsher was being grappled by another UTP Ved Prakash and he was being attacked by two others, namely Naushad and Faizal Alam with a handmade improvised sharp-edged object.
“Seeing the Jail staff members at the spot, the accused persons started inflicting injuries on themselves and on each other. The intervention of the staff broke the fight and the accused persons were controlled. The sharp object used for the attack was taken from their possession,” the status report added.
It further said that added that Dilsher was immediately rushed to the Jail hospital where he was declared brought dead at 7:25 am by the Medical Officer on duty.
The submission of the report by the Tihar Jail was sought by the Delhi HC in a petition by the father of the deceased who had approached the court, seeking compensation for the custodial death of his son.
The Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh on Friday asked the Delhi government and Tihar Jail Authority to state whether any disciplinary action has been taken against jail officials for the security lapse in the death and posted the matter for March 22.
Advocate Sanjay Ghose, additional standing counsel of the Delhi government, informed the court that the CCTV footage of the incident has been handed over to the investigation officer of the case, and a chargesheet has also been filed in the trial court in this regard.
The petition was filed by Ali Sher through advocates Anwar A Khan and Vishal Raj Sehijpal. Ali Sher told the court that his son Dilsher Azad was an undertrial prisoner lodged in Tihar Jail since September 19, 2019.
On November 30, 2020, Ali Sher received a call from police officials informing him about the sudden death of his son Dilsher Azad in Jail, on receipt of which information, the petitioner immediately reached Tihar Jail in order to ascertain facts. There, Tihar Jail authorities did not co-operate with the petitioner at all and made him wait outside for hours together, Sher’s advocate told the court.
Later the petitioner came to know that his son has been murdered inside Tihar Jail and that too with knives.
He had also obtained a copy of the FIR of the murder case of his deceased son and was shocked and surprised to read the contents of the same and the manner in which his son was gruesomely murdered inside Tihar Jail, administration of which claims itself to be India’s most secure prison, plea states.
He submitted that although judicial inquiry has been ordered into the matter but till date, nothing has happened, and the petitioner has never been called to join any proceeding into the inquiry of murder of his son.
He said that he was felt helpless and himself witnessing the fact that nothing concrete was happening in the murder case of his son, the petitioner wrote a complaint to the Human Rights Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister of Delhi and the Director General of Prisons, Tihar Jail seeking action against the erring officials, the dereliction, recklessness and carelessness that to the murder of their son, along with the prayer of a grant of compensation to the petitioner.
However, till date neither any action has been taken on the said representation of the petitioner nor he has been informed about the decision or action taken in this regard.
The petitioner advocate urged the Delhi High Court to issue an appropriate direction to grant compensation to the petitioner to the tune of Rs 5 Crore on account of the custodial death of the son of the petitioner in the judicial custody being an undertrial prisoner in Tihar Central Jail. (ANI)

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Visually-impaired man teaching music to people in Hyderabad since 1996

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 7 (ANI): Music cannot be sold for money, but it is something that must be felt and taught from the heart, says B Ravi Ganesh, a visually-impaired person who has been teaching music since 1996.
Despite his blindness, B. Ravi Ganesh has been running a music institute since 1996. Starting with just one student back in 1996, Ganesh claims to have taught 1000 students till now.
B. Ravi Ganesh, the founder of Na Swaram Music Institute, told ANI, “Music is something that I have been passionate about from a young age. Music is not something that is sold for money but I think that music must come from the heart and must be taught from the heart.”
Ravi said that he found his passion in music at a young age.
“I was born with this blindness and my parents were worried about me and my future. While they were trying to figure out an secure future for me, they found out my passion for singing. I started to sing at the age of 4. At a young age, I have found my passion for music and that is when I decided to make it my future,” Ravi said.
Being a completely visually impaired person, Ravi had to face a lot of challenges since the beginning.
Ravi said, “I have faced many problems due to lack of eyesight. Despite my being blind, my parents never sent me to a blind school. I went to a normal school like other children but had to face a lot of challenges. Then I opted for B.A Music. I have practised memorising everything. And till date, I don’t have to touch my Braille notes. It has not been easy for me from the beginning.”
“As I was pursuing M.A in Music, I started teaching music to people. After I completed my music course, I established this music institute in 1996 with just one student. Till date, I have been able to teach 1,000 students of all age groups with some being older than me as well,” said Ganesh.
“From this institute, students have been going on to pursue their Diploma in music. I aim to teach as many people as I can, irrespective of their age,” he added. (ANI)

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My aim is not to get awards, but to create more Yoganathans, says Coimbatore Tree Man

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Popularly known as the “tree man of Coimbatore”, Marimuthu Yoganathan, a bus conductor-cum-environmental activist on Saturday said his dream is not to get awards but “to create more Yoganathans across India”.
Yoganathan while speaking to ANI said, “Getting awards is not my dream or aim. My dream is to create more Yoganathans like me across India.”
Yoganathan, who has reportedly planted more than four lakh saplings across Tamil Nadu, is a conductor by profession with the State Transport Corporation.
Yoganathan says he faced several hardships in his journey towards the environment.
Reportedly, Yoganathan spends 40 per cent of his salary to buy seeds and plant saplings on a land donated to him by a Non-resident Indian from the United States who saw his work.
A few days ago government officials enquired from me about a Padma Sri but I don’t know why my name was not listed. Though my intention is not to get any award. If I get such awards, more people will call me to plant trees across other states too. This will fulfil my dreams,” said Yoganathan.
Yoganathan who was conferred the Eco Warrior Award by the Indian government, said, “My request to have the award sent to me by post was declined. I was concerned about the train fare, the days taken for my leave, and accommodation costs in New Delhi. But, I’m glad I received the award in person from none other than the Vice President of the country.”
He also said, “Though I am working for this noble cause, I have faced many transfers from the transport authorities.”
“Now my aim is to grow five trees in a house (fruit bearing trees). But so far there has been no support either from the state government nor the central government,” he added.
Recently, Yoganathan garnered appreciation for his work on social media.
A few days ago, a social media user with Twitter handle by the name @JainMaggii shared a picture of the bus conductor holding a sapling and wrote, “Marimuthu Yoganathan, a bus conductor who has planted over 3 lakh saplings in the last 30 years using his own money. Meet the ‘real environmentalist’!”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also replied to the tweet dated March 5, 2021 and said, “Inspiration on my birthday. Thank you for sharing.”
A known eco activist, Yoganathan has been awarded “Eco Warrior” award by Vice-President of India, ‘Unsung Hero’ award by wildlife film-maker Mike Pandey and film actor John Abraham in “Timberland” function held in Delhi.
Yoganathan visited around 3,743 universities, colleges, schools and industries and took classes to raise environmental awareness.
He has also been conferred with the tiltle ‘Sutru Suzal Seyal Veerar’ by the Tamil Nadu Government. (ANI)

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